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MARINE CORPS JROTC CADETS RECEIVE AWARDS
April 29, 2022
Granbury Marine Corps JROTC cadets from Granbury High School attended an awards ceremony on April 28, 2022, in the GHS auditorium.
Local military organizations presented scholarships to top cadets:
- American Legion Post 278 Bronze Medal: Richard Layland for military excellence and Parker Haydin for scholastic excellence ($1,000 scholarships)
- American Legion Post 491 Gold Medals: Alexis De La Pena for military excellence and Sarah Folsom for scholastic excellence ($500 scholarships)
- American Legion Post 491 Bronze Medals: Ashton Arlington for military excellence and Tyler Milligan for scholastic excellence ($200 scholarships)
- Commander Burns Academic Excellence Award: Zachary Layland ($100 scholarship)
- Daughters of the American Revolution/Elizabeth Crockett Chapter Bronze Medal: Dianna Koch ($300 scholarship)
- Friends of Memorial Lane Scholarships: Alexis De La Pena and Tyler Milligan ($1,000 scholarships)
- Granbury Marine Corps JROTC Booster Club Scholarship: Alexis De La Pena and Tyler Milligan ($500 scholarships)
- Marine Corps League/Comanche Peak Detachment Eagle Award: Sarah Folosm ($1,000 scholarship)
- Military Officers Association of America JROTC Scholarships: Alexis De La Pena ($5,000 scholarship), Tyler Milligan ($3,000 scholarship), Sarah Folsom ($1,000 scholarship), Parker Haydin ($1,000 schlarship), Richard Layland ($1,000 scholarship)
- Sons of the American Revolution/Brazos Valley Chapter JROTC Bronze Medal: Mason Light ($300 scholarship)
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7835 JROTC Medal: Gene Williams ($100 scholarship)
Other award recipients were:
- American Veterans JROTC Award: Jonathan Hutchison
- Daedalian Achievement Award: Jett Burrell
- Fort Worth Scottish Rite Award: Ashley Jimenez
- Marine Corps League/Comanche Peak Detachment Cadet of the Quarter Award: Evelyn Rios-Castillo
- Military Officers Association of America Medal: Christian Sells
- Military Order of the Purple Heart: Laura Blankenship
- Military Order of the World Wars Bronze Medal: Cooper Waddell
- National Society Daughters of the American Colonists JROTC Award: Kennedy Wells
- National Sojourners JROTC Medal: Zachary Layland
- Reserve Officer Association Medal: Megan Rubio
- Texas Society of the U.S. Daughters of 1812 Outstanding Cadet Medal: Kaylynn Slaughter
- Women Marines Association Award for Outstanding Cadet: Vanity Lopez
Battalion awards went to:
- Dan Daly Award: Jonathan Hutchison
- Molly Marine Award: Dianna Koch
- Southwest Youth Leadership Camp and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Summer Camp Participants: Julia Czernik, Jonathan Hutchison, Zachary Layland, Megan Rubio, and Kameron Wells
- Top Marksmen Awards: Top Female Cadet – Sage Smith; Top Male Cadet – Antony Garcia
- Top Physical Fitness Test: Top Female Cadet – Sarah Folsom; Top Male Cadet – Jett Burrell
Also recognized were cadets volunteering for military service. Sarah Folsom will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point while Parker Haydin will attend the U.S. Naval Academy. Enlistees include: U.S. Army – Jett Burrell; U.S. Air Force – Tye Crawford; U.S. Marine Corps – Austin Brassie, Dylan Foard, Billy Hafford, Mason Light, Vanity Lopez, Fernando Ruiz-Contreras, Christian Sells.
Cadets receiving the Leadership Education Completion Certificate were: Richard Alvarez, Ashton Arlington, Drew Atkins, Baylee Balderas, Micah Barton, Andrew Bowen, Wyatt Bowley, Taigen Brannen, Austin Brassie, Zachary Brief, Landyn Britten, Ian Brock, Jett Burrell, Vincena Callaway, Kaylee Campbell, Alexzander Carey, Zachary Cole, Tye Crawford, Cutter Croley, Julia Czernik, Ryan Davila, Alexis De La Pena, Casen Ensminger, Dylan Foard, Sarah Folsom, Brady Furr, Anthony Garcia, Charlin Gomez, Noah Gomez, Danny Greene, Hunter Griffin, Rei Guidry, Billy Hafford, Brayden Hall, Daymen Hallock, Christopher Haney, Parker Haydin, Erick Hernandez, Angel Huerta-Guia, Idania Huerta-Guia, Austin Huggins, Johnathan Hutchison, Ashley Jimenez, Robert Kitching Jr, Kaci Knowles, Zackary Lambert, Andrew Langston, Grace Larsen, Richard Layland, Zachary Layland, Makye Lazaro, Jeremy Ledesma, Hayden Lee, Nicolas Lee, Zayden Lee, Mason Light, Vanity Lopez, Calub Manis, Hagen Marlowe, Caroline Martin, Zachary Massey, Cadince McGrath, Porter McKinnon, Layton McMurray, Mackenzie Melvin, Tyler Milligan, Ennio Martinez, Samuel Moon, Jayden Moorman, Daniel Mulero Cartagena, Alizabeth Nickel, Rhyan Obina, Armando Pena, Kalyn Piper, Carla Ramirez Castillo, Evelyn Rios-Castillo, Nathalie Rodriguez, Oscar Rodriguez, Megan Rubio, Fernando Ruiz-Contreras, Sunnee Schumann, Braden Seaborn, John Self, Christian Sells, Brock Shores, Kaylynn Slaughter, Sage Smith, Trinity Streiff, Ariana Tirado, Kerri Underwood, Kalvin Vann, Cooper Waddell, True Walser, Dayden Watson, Dalton Weddle, Kameron Wells, Kennedy Wells, Gene Williams, Zachary Williams, Kyndall Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Nathan Wilson.
A special presentation were made to the battalion for participation in the Wreaths Across America event. In addition, state senator Brian Birdwell read a gubernatorial proclamation honoring the rifle team for its fifth-straight national championship.
The ceremony closed with commander Sarah Folsom handing the battalion flag off to the new commander Ashley Jimenez.
JROTC instructors are Lt. Col. Scott Casey and First Sergeant Johnny Rositas.
Pictured is Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Sarah Folsom, the battalion commander, receiving the Marine Corps League Eagle Award.